Stuart Broad celebrates with England teammates

Stuart Broad enjoyed a fairytale finish as England beat Australia by 49 runs to win the fifth Test at The Oval on Monday and end the Ashes series all square at 2-2. Australia, chasing a mammoth 384 to win, slumped from 264-3 to 334 all out, with retiring paceman Broad wrapping up the match with the final two wickets.

England did the bulk of the damage when, after a rain break of more than two hours, they took four Australia wickets for 11 runs in 19 balls.

Off-spinner Moeen Ali (3-76) and all-rounder Chris Woakes (4-50) led the way before Broad, England’s all-time leading Ashes bowler, polished off the tail. I thought Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali set the tone absolutely unbelievably,” Broad, who announced on Saturday he would be retiring after this match, told Sky Sports.

“Once we got a couple we really started to believe. The crowd were unbelievable. It was so loud and we just jumped on the back of that. When you make that decision you wonder what your last ball will be so to take a wicket to win an Ashes Test match is pretty cool.

England captain Ben Stokes added: “I think 2-2 is a fair reflection of the teams literally going toe to toe. Australia are world Test champions, they are a quality team. I don’t think many teams would have been able to respond from 2-0 down (like we did).”

Australia captain Pat Cummins agreed a drawn series was a fair result. We can be hugely proud of retaining The Ashes. It is no easy feat against a high-quality side in English conditions,” he said.

Cummins’s men, as the holders, had already retained the urn but this defeat means Australia remain without an Ashes series win in England since 2001. We were over here to win the Ashes,” said Cummins. “Unfortunately it was not to be.

Source: eNCA

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